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Canada: Oped: As The Legalization Of Marijuana Looms, How Will

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - When recreational marijuana users gather on April 20 for Cannabis Day, they will have something else to celebrate: much anticipated legislation which decriminalizes marijuana in Canada. Last Thursday, the federal Liberal government tabled the Cannabis Act. While this legislation sets out the path forward for legalizing recreational marijuana, the responsibility for more detailed laws relating to distribution and sale will rest with the provinces. All of these moving parts are expected to come together by July, 2018. In the meantime, Canadian employers have questions about how to respond to this changing legal landscape. This uncertainty also extends, to a somewhat lesser degree, to the Canadian judicial system. Coincidentally, on April 3, 2017, an Ontario Superior Court judge declined to grant an injunction striking down a random drug testing policy sought by the union representing employees of the Toronto Transit Commission.

CN MB: Column: Trudeau's Pot Law Makes It Open Season On All Drivers

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Apr 2017 - Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when all three are put in play. On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CN ON: London 420 Rally To Fete Budding Legalization

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 18 Apr 2017 - The vibe at this year's 420 rally in London will be more celebration than demonstration. Hundreds of marijuana activists plan to gather Thursday at Victoria Park for the yearly event that champions cannabis culture and pushes for the drug's legalization.

Canada: Column: What Was Justin Smoking?

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2017 - Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises. It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's time to make it legal.

Canada: Canadian Leader Unveils A Bill To Legalize Recreational

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 14 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeau's bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product.

CN AB: Column: Don't Forget About That Omnibus Bill

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 14 Apr 2017 - The Liberals' hot-boxing of a marijuana smokescreen It was a brilliant if not cynical move on the part of the Trudeau Liberals to table their marijuana legislation during the same week they thumped down a 294-page omnibus budget document like those contemptible Harperites were so prone to doing.

CN AB: Column: Justin Trudeau Is Telling Our Young People That It's

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 14 Apr 2017 - This week, the Trudeau Liberals introduced The Cannabis Act, legislation that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana. I am opposed to this legislation and I will vote against it, but the Liberals will use their majority to pass it.

CN ON: Editorial: Pot Rules Should Go Light On Marketing

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 14 Apr 2017 - If you're old enough, you may remember a time when buying alcohol in Ontario involved walking into a bland, warehouse-like building, filling out a slip of paper and handing it to a clerk who disappeared behind locked doors to retrieve the booze you were looking for. No flashy signs, no staff recommendations for libation of the month. No critics' choice signs dotting the gleaming rows of bottles. Depending on what's in federal legislation expected Thursday, initial legal sales of marijuana may look something like those old days.

CN ON: Editorial: Good Start, But Pot Law Needs Work

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 14 Apr 2017 - The federal government's proposed bill for legalizing marijuana expands police powers, sets new mandatory penalties for illegal possession, and boosts prison sentences for lawbreakers. That all sounds pretty tough. But the legislation also downloads some difficult decision-making on to provincial authorities, and from there on to municipalities and local police. That part's going to be tougher.

CN AB: Pot Timeline 'Ambitious'

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 14 Apr 2017 - Notley wants consultations on marijuana policy It's going to be challenging to get the province ready for the federal government's deadline of July 1, 2018, for legalized marijuana in the country, says Premier Rachel Notley.

Canada: Five Things To Consider About The Plan To Legalize Pot

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 14 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - The Liberal government introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but many of the finer points and logistical questions remain unanswered or up in the air. Here are five of them: 1. What happens if a U.S. border guard asks if you have ever smoked marijuana? Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked that question - whether the Liberal government had sought assurances from the U.S. that someone who admitted to using cannabis legally would not face the same fate. Each country sets its own rules, said Goodale, but he suggested Canada might get on the phone if it became a big deal. "If there appears to be a pattern of examination at the border that just does not accord with appropriate, professional, reliable, consistent conduct, then obviously that's the sort of thing that we should raise at a governmental level to make sure people are treated appropriately." Canada, he added, would also "make the very strong point" that its new legal regime would be better at protecting children and keeping illegal cash away from organized crime. "Our system will actually be the better one."

Canada: OPED: Is This The End Of The Black Market?

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Apr 2017 - The bill to legalize marijuana is a victory for public health, but the goal of eliminating an illegal supply will be a tougher challenge. Marijuana was criminalized in Canada in 1923. There was no debate in the House of Commons, just the statement, "There is a new drug in the schedule." The prominent Edmonton magistrate Emily Murphy had written a book about illegal drugs in 1922, concluding of marijuana, "… there are three ways out from the regency of this addiction: 1st - Insanity. 2nd - Death. 3rd - Abandonment. This is assuredly a direful trinity."

CN NF: Consulting On Cannabis

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 07:00
The Telegram, 13 Apr 2017 - Parsons promises public consultation soon on legal marijuana The government will start public consultations within the next month or two on how to implement marijuana legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador, Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said.

CN BC: Edu: Column: Long Overdue Legalization

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - What will happen to Canada's cannabis industry once the upcoming recreational laws take effect? There was a point in the earlier half of the 20th century that came to be known as the Prohibition Era. Alcohol, along with several other substances, became illegal under the thumb of the government of the time, turning it into a black market good until the ban was lifted in 1933. But, according to dispensary operator Ray Nikiel, the Prohibition seemed to move from one substance to another, with cannabis becoming illegal not long afterwards.

Canada: Canada To Speed Up Cannabis Production

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - Senior official says the federal government will announce a push to allow smaller marijuana producers to enter the market The federal government is getting ready to drastically speed up its licensing process to increase the numbers of companies that are authorized to produce marijuana for the recreational market that will open up in the first half of 2018, sources said.

CN BC: Edu: Column: Deadly Doping

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - FENTANYL AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE DEATH TOLL Knowing the signs of an overdose can save someone's life, especially with inconspicuous opioids like Fentanyl lurking in common street drugs. It begins with high-like symptoms - euphoria, relaxation and drowsiness, and cedes to shortened breath, a slowed heart rate and unconsciousness. The effects of Fentanyl set in quickly. The trouble is, anyone can fall prey because the opioid often goes undetected until it's too late.

CN ON: Bud-Tenders Plead Guilty

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 12 Apr 2017 - Pot shop sales staff confess to drug trafficking The first two of 29 Ottawa pot shops clerks charged in police raids have gone through the courts and received suspended sentences. Budtenders Sarah Scott and Joshua Zvonar pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking. They were arrested last November in the first Ottawa police sweep against illegal marijuana dispensaries, when six shops were raided in a single day.

CN ON: OPED: Stifle The 'Let's Party!' Message When Legalizing Pot

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Apr 2017 - The government messaging regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis requires a delicate touch. A celebratory approach will give the impression of promoting use The federal government has committed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and is expected to table legislation this week, before Parliament rises for its spring break. Are we ready for this? Does the government have a clear and consistent message for young people and their families?

Canada: Editorial: To Regulate Pot, Look At Tobacco And Booze

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - The Liberal government is about to introduce legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana. What's the best way to do that? That's what Ottawa has been puzzling over ever since the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, made their bold promise in the last election campaign. For answers, look at how Canada has succeeded, and failed, in dealing with another recreational product both popular and problematic for public health: tobacco.

CN ON: War Of Words On Weed

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 11 Apr 2017 - Government ponders ad restrictions on recreational cannabis The elegant white box shipped from the Tweed Inc. medical marijuana plant in Smiths Falls is stamped with a gold cannabis leaf that signals the dried bud inside is endorsed by Snoop Dogg himself.

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